DukeBrewDevil (724) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Standard bronze color, white headed Octoberfest with a biscuity nose. Flavor starts with caramel, then hits with a hop bite and a long, spicy finish.
rangerred (659) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear rich copper with a one finger off-white head. Average head retention and lacing.
A really nice aroma. Biscuit and toasted malt along with a little bit of candy. Also some earthyness and grassy hops.
Flavor takes off with biscuit malt and some candy sweetness. Toffee and caramel is there along with a little bit of coffee. A little bit of wet hay along with a light bitterness. Finish is a bit on the sticky side but clean overall.
A decent Oktoberfest but not a whole lot that makes it stand out above the rest. I do like the extra bit of toast and biscuit in this one, though, and it is worth picking up.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12oz bottle this beer pours an orange copper with a white head. Aroma of malt, citrus and grain - I did not detect that typical smell from a lot of the Octoberfests out there. This one came off a little different to me and I liked it. Nice clean, hop, malt and caramel taste. Good finish. A lot of the Octoberfests I have had I could only drink 1 or 2 of but I could make this one a nice session beer.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
smooth body, light refreshing palate, light complexity but in the finish the light malt character comes thru,l a good sessionable grab, but nothing too special
Rrauth (636) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Crisp and light tasting. Nice for the fall. Nice beer for a sat afternoon raking leaves.
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chandler0201 (625) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma has some yeast and nutty flavor. The appearance is amber gold with medium head. The flavor is semi bitter with some malts. Smooth finish but flavor was so so overall.
jhliesen (607) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle—Nice light amber, almost orange coloring with a medium size head. The aroma was the dominate malty smell you expect from an Oktoberfest beer. At times, the beer could be a bit thin, however, beer “thickens’ as it warms. Lots of wonderful maltiness leads out followed by some biscuit flavor, but the surprise was the nice balance of hops at the end of the drink. Nice. Ingles.
magsinva (598) - Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - bruisin ales - pours a clear yellow-orange with a thin head and some carbonation. Aroma is lemon, ginger, and pine. Taste is mildly bitter with the citrus notes coming through at the end. The palate is light and refreshing, finishes clean. Overall, a little light for a marzen, but delicious none the same.
tnkw01 (581) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Another great beer for Highland. Pours an dark orange-amber-copper color with a decent head and great lace.. Taste is more floral-hops then most marzen style beers. Aroma is a malty, spicy, floral with slight nuts. Good stuff.
chinchill (571) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2013 12 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, served in a Highland Brewing pint glass.
A wee bit different, with a slight darker orange-gold body and more flavor from noble hops than a typical Marzen. Crystal clear with a proper looking level of carbonation. The medium-high carbonation is well-chosen, and gives this beer a light crispness. The smallish off-white head has limited duration and leaves little lacing. The aroma features bready German malts with some spicy and herbal notes from the hops. The hops come more to the fore in the near semi-dry and lasting finish.
O - refreshing and very good for style. Would be nice with a large Bavarian pretzel.